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Senator Asks Department of Veteran Affairs to Break Patents on Hepatitis C Drugs

Last week, in a letter addressed to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) urged Secretary Robert McDonald to use his authority as Secretary "to break the patents on Hepatitis...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Health Subcommittee Advances 21st Century Cures, Full Committee Action Scheduled…Senate Finance Committee Hearing: Chair Hatch to Launch New Initiative on Improving Chronic Care for Medicare Patients…Hawaii’s...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2015 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD Issues January and February 2015 Contract Data Contract Reporting Scorecards - The Department of Defense (DoD) issued the contract data and reporting scorecard metrics for January and...more

DHS Breaks New Ground With Issuance of SAFETY Act Certifications for Advanced Cybersecurity Defense Systems

FireEye’s MVX and DTI Technologies become the first cybersecurity products to earn certification as “Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies.” The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) crossed an important barrier in...more

GAO Upholds Agency Prohibition of Having Bid Prep Consultants Prepare Proposal

Are bid preparation consultants good or bad for the competitive procurement system? Contractors have argued about this for years. GAO recently upheld a solicitation provision forbidding the use of consultants to...more

New Cyber Strategy Issued By Pentagon

In a speech at Stanford University on April 23, 2015, Department of Defense (“DoD” or the “Pentagon”) Secretary Ash Carter unveiled the Pentagon’s new cyber strategy (the “Strategy”) and called on the technology sector to...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2015

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - SBA Issues Proposed Rule to Amend Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a proposed rule to amend its...more

Secretary Of Homeland Security Seeks Cooperation Between Public And Private Sectors In Fight Against Cybercriminals

On April 21, 2015, Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke at the annual RSA Conference 2015. In his remarks, Johnson explained that, while the DHS was established primarily to focus on...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown - April 2015 #4

Here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government contracts to get you back on track and ready for this week....more

Defense Department Releases Better Buying Power 3.0 Memorandum With New Focus On Cybersecurity

On April 9, the Department of Defense (“DOD”) issued a memorandum containing new directives to guide its procurement of new goods and services. The memorandum, the third in the Pentagon’s Better Buying Power initiative...more

Revision of UK Military List of Controlled Items

The list of military goods, software and technology that are subject to export controls has been revised on 24 March 2015. The changes have been made through the Export Control (Amendment) Order 2015 which replaces Schedule 2...more

Presidential Memorandum Outlines Privacy Guidelines For Domestic Federal Use Of Drones

In a recently issued Presidential Memorandum, President Obama included privacy guidelines for the federal government’s use of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) in the United States. Issued on February 15, 2015, and...more

A New Cyber World Framework to Strengthen Agency Information Security

Manufacturers, defense suppliers and other federal contractors may benefit from a new cybersecurity law intended to safeguard agency information and help bolster defenses to future cyber threats. The Federal Information...more

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire – GSA Proposes to Reduce Price Reductions Clause Burdens, While Substantially Increasing...

In what is arguably its most significant proposed regulatory change affecting commercial item contracting in decades, the General Services Administration (“GSA”) earlier this week proposed amendments to the General Services...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - January 2015 #4

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - SBA Considering Extending Comment Period for Proposed Rule on the Limitations on Subcontracting - Although not yet official, we anticipate that SBA will grant an extension until April 6th...more

U.S. Export Policy for Commercial and Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

On February 17, the Obama Administration announced a new U.S. export control policy for military and commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles ("UAVs"). The policy, the details of which have not been released, reportedly includes...more

Department of Defense Updates Its Instruction for Acquisitions of Software and Weapons Systems

On January 7, 2015, the U.S. Department of Defense (“DoD” or “the Department”) released an update for DoD Instruction 5000.02, on the “Operation of the Defense Acquisition Service.” The new Instruction is designed to assist...more

UAS hearing yields details on systems research and development, but no timeline for small UAS rule

A House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing on January 21 featured wide-ranging discussions of developing unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS,” sometimes called “unmanned aerial vehicles,” or “drones”), but no...more

Electronic waste rules could help thwart flow of counterfeit parts

As highlighted in a report by the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, a flood of counterfeit electronic parts from China threatens the reliability of sophisticated defense technologies from thermal weapon sights to advanced...more

Africa Update - January 2014

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

U.S. Regulators Face European Competition On UAV

Just as the commercial space and satellite industry in the United States during the 1990s was hurt by export restrictions on its products, the country's commercial unmanned aerial vehicle ("UAV") industry may soon fall behind...more

Military Electronics Export Reform: Let the Chips Fall Where They May

Every time there is a new round of reforms under the President’s Export Control Reform initiative, we hear the same advice: - Controls on certain items are eliminated or reduced (which creates new opportunities for...more

"Expansion of Military End-Use Controls Creates Potential Pitfalls for Exporters"

On November 7, 2014, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced a final rule implementing controls on exports, re-exports and transfers of a variety of goods, software and technologies for...more

New Export Control Requirement for Electronics Manufacturers in Defense and Aerospace Industries

The State and Commerce Departments recently issued significant new regulations under Export Control Reform affecting the export control requirement for military electronics. These will have a major impact on manufacturers of...more

White House Announcement Of Awards Under Defense Production Act

On September 19, 2014, Secretary Vilsack was joined by Deputy Secretary of Energy, Dan Poneman, and Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, to announce contract awards to three separate companies to produce over one million gallons...more

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